Innovative Study Abroad & Travel Contest Launched

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AmeriSpan Study Abroad has launched an innovative study abroad and travel contest where contestants "virtually" race around the globe to win prizes. Contestants earn points by sharing travel and study abroad stories, tips and advice.

In today's connected world we are trying to use AmeriSpan's presence in travel and study abroad to share advice, stories and connect with each other. Our fundraising program and the Great Travel Abroad contest are both structured to accomplish this

AmeriSpan announces the Great Travel Abroad contest as part of their "Study Abroad Push It Forward" campaign. This innovative study abroad and travel contest allows players to virtually race around the world to win prizes. Players earn points for sharing, liking, posting, subscribing, linking, commenting and blogging travel and study abroad stories, tips and advice. Points will help you "travel around the world". The more points you accumulate the more chances you will have in 2 random drawings where dozens of prizes will be awarded. Each point is like a raffle ticket so if you have 5 points, you have 5 chances to win in each drawing.

The Grand Prize is a $1000 AmeriSpan gift certificate, which can be used towards any AmeriSpan study abroad program. Other prizes include an iPod Touch, several Kindles, a Flip Video, language-learning aids, travel gear and more AmeriSpan Gift Certificates. Everyone who accumulates enough points will receive gift certificates from $10-$200, which can be used like cash towards any AmeriSpan program. "We wanted to structure the contest in such a way where anyone who puts forth a small effort gets something and it also increases their chance to win,” commented Beth Lieberman, AmeriSpan's Vice President.

The contest is part of AmeriSpan's "Study Abroad Push it Forward" campaign. Previously, AmeriSpan launched their Study Abroad Fundraising program to help people raise funds to study abroad. Study Abroad Fundraising participants receive an account to easily solicit donations, track donations and identify donors. In addition, AmeriSpan hosts each fundraiser's personal story on their website and works with each to increase their fundraising potential.

AmeriSpan co-founder, John Slocum summarized AmeriSpan's view by saying, "In today's connected world we are trying to use AmeriSpan's presence in travel and study abroad to share advice, stories and connect with each other. Our fundraising program and the Great Travel Abroad contest are both structured to accomplish this."

Founded in 1993, AmeriSpan Study Abroad offers more than 100 study abroad, language-learning and volunteer programs worldwide for participants of all ages and language level. The Philadelphia-based organization has long been an innovator in the study abroad field, building its reputation by offering high quality, low cost language immersion programs. In September 2010, the company was awarded its 2nd consecutive 'Star Award' as the Best Agency in North America. The industry's prestigious Star Award is voted by organizations worldwide and awarded annually.

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